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Calgary's Timepoint Ensemble blends dark with delightful at first Edmonton event

Calgary's Timepoint Ensemble blends dark with delightful at first Edmonton event

January 27, 2019
National

Cutting-edge classical music may be the provenance of a subterranean close-knit community, but it is nonetheless alive and well in Alberta. One of the leading Calgary practitioners is the Timepoint Ensemble, with a core of six artists regularly augmented by other Calgary player

"...The music highlights, though, were by the 46-year-old Nicole Lizée, who is rightly gaining notice as a major Canadian composer. Modern Hearts (2008) for electric guitar solo has a flowing minimalist base, and reminded me of music to a train journey. The combination of banjo effects and quarter-tonal bending of notes recalled the music of the American musical pioneer Harry Partch. Young’s performance of a score where every note and effect are meticulously specified was another virtuoso highlight.

Lizée’s Lock the Door, Swallow the Key (2011), which ended the concert, had easily the widest range, musically and emotionally, of the evening’s works. Originally written for an 18-piece big band, it was here given in the arrangement for brass quintet, electric guitar, drum set and recorded sounds (including bells and piano)..."

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